Well, in the words of Sam Gamgee, I’m back. I’ve been on holiday this past week, and have conspicuously failed either to do much reading or reviewing. I have finally got around to starting Cordelia Fine’s Delusions of Gender, which I’ve had on the to-read list since January, and am thoroughly enjoying what she has to say about the biological and socially constructed differences between the sexes.
Also being read – for the first time – is Georgette Heyer’s Royal Escape, which is all about Charles the Second’s escape from England after the Battle of Worcester. Heyer really makes the period come alive, and Charles is made a very sympathetic young man. The attitudes towards the divine right of kings and Charles’ claim to the throne are discussed, though it’s fascinating to see how different their beliefs are, compared to ours, and Charles’ unprecedented mental flexibility (and delight in disguise) – arguably what helped save him.
Proper reviews of the first three of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books, and William Gibson’s seminal Neuromancer, will be posted soon.